A minor rejig last week on the Sunshine Tour in South Africa has moved Nigeria’s only player on the Tour; Oche Andrew Odoh up twenty seven places and also qualified him for a direct place in two key event.
The former Nigeria number one will now play at the “Eye of Africa PGA Championship” and “Dimension Data Pro-Am”.
“I think it is a great way to start the year” he told pganigeria.com, and believes this will give him a lot of advantages as the year goes-on.
“I am the only West African player here for now and sponsorship has been tough, which is a reaction to the economic back home. But I will not look back, I intend taking all the chances here and I am very positive” he added.
A good finish in either of the event could earn him a place at the two co-sanction (Sunshine Tour and European Tour) events that follows: the Jo-burg Open and the Tshwane Open.
A place in the big-ticket event could be his break into elite rank in the world ranking where he is presently ranked 1866 due to the lull on his world ranking events since November 2016.
“My work ethic whenever I am here (in South Africa) goes up and that is why I spend more time here. This season with what has come up so far, I only need to raise my work rate, and I am determined to do that. The implication is that I will feature less on the Nigerian Tour. I just hope I can motivate more home players with my performances here this year.” He adds.